ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday directed the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas (KANA) to propose a comprehensive package to address the problems of the people of Northern Areas to be approved by the cabinet.
Gilani assured a delegation of the Northern Areas consisting of members of Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA), Speaker Malik Maskin and PML-Q Marvi Memon of his support on various administrative, political and development issues relating to their areas.
Sources privy to the meeting told Daily Times that the prime minister agreed that the issue of constitutional rights of the people of the Northern Areas needed immediate attention and the government would give preference to an Azad Jammu and Kashmir-like government in Northern Areas under its proposed package. On the issue of changing the name of Northern Areas to Gilgit-Baltistan as per resolutions of the NALA, Gilani said the issue would be taken up in the cabinet committee meeting. Source